Chengdu government to investigate Chengdu University Party chief’s death

Source: Global Times Published: 2020/10/16 17:18:40 Last Updated: 2020/10/17 11:33:10

Missing Chengdu University Party chief found dead after drowning

Photo:Courtesy of Chengdu University

The Chengdu government has set up a team to investigate the death of Mao Hongtao, Party chief of Chengdu University, the government announced Friday.

The team includes officials from local supervision, education and public security authorities, according to the announcement.  

Mao was reported missing on Thursday. His  body was found in the Wenjiang section of the Jiang'an river in Chengdu at 6 am on Friday, police confirmed on Friday. The police said they believe he drowned and their investigation is ongoing. 

Chengdu University Friday sent deep condolence to Mao's families and said they are shocked and saddened by his death. 

A male body was found in the Wenjiang section of the Jiang'an river in Chengdu at 6 am on Friday, with police later confirming the body was of Mao Hongtao, Party chief of Chengdu University. The police said they believe that he died after drowning and the case is still under investigation. 

Mao's death has drawn a great deal of public attention as some posts circulating online suggested Mao faced tremendous work pressure. 

Born in 1970, Mao was formerly the vice mayor of Meishan, a city about 80 kilometers from Chengdu, capital city of Southwest China's Sichuan Province. As a high-level academic who majored in accounting, Mao was also granted a special allowance from the State Council, China's cabinet, according to his resume on the university's website. 

By citing a post shared on his WeChat moments, local media reported that Mao might have come under tremendous pressure at work, and claimed that he would "end everything," which sparked speculation online over the reason why he has gone missing. 

Some online posts also asked if there were some conflicts among university leaders, pointing out that the university has seen frequent reshuffles in its Party chief position, hinting at problematic management and leadership. 

On Thursday morning, posts published by Mao attracted public attention, and "we immediately set up a special working group cooperating with the relevant authorities in the investigation," the university said in a post published on Thursday afternoon on Sina Weibo, adding that it would release updates in a timely manner.  

News of the incident of the missing head of the university had been viewed more than 100 million times on Weibo as of late afternoon on Thursday. 

Global Times 

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